CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at Dallas and HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 vs. Dallas,including expanded, live PrePost Game coverage, among Opening Week HighlightsComcast SportsNet to also carry two Pre-Season Games LIVE on Sept. 28 & Sept. 30 (including Pre-Game Shows);
CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences,Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, Live Chats, In-Game Live Scoreboard and more!
Chicago, IL (September 21, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to deliver yet another full season of thrill-packed, hard-hitting NHL excitement with 50 live regular season games (25 home, 25 away), including live pre-game and post-game shows, and the most comprehensive 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2011-12 Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet opens up in a big way with back-to-back nights of live coverage showcasing the SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM and the HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 PM as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith face the Western Conference rival Dallas Stars on both nights.

Prior to the 7:30 PM face-offs on October 7 & 8, Comcast SportsNets Opening Week Blackhawks coverage gets underway beginning at 6:30 PM with SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse featuring live pre-game coverage, interviews and on-site talent correspondence. At 7:00 PM both nights, fans can look forward to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live featuring hosts Chris Boden and former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd breaking down the evenings match-up, along with numerous interviews with players and coaches (NOTE: For the home opener on October 8, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse and Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will take place live from the United Center). Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conference (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

In addition to 50 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise a pair of Blackhawks pre-season games on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM vs. Detroit and Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM vs. Pittsburgh. Comcast SportsNet will also air special editions of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live at 7:00 PM leading into each pre-season game telecast.

Top highlights on this years Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks schedule include 36 games against Western Conference foes (14 are Central Division match-ups), including two home games against division rival Detroit (Dec. 30 & Feb. 21) and a pair of games against Western Conference rival2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round opponent Vancouver (Nov. 16 & Mar. 21). Additional Central Division schedule highlights include five games against Columbus (Nov. 10, Dec. 26, Jan. 10, Feb. 18 & Mar. 20), four games against St. Louis (Nov. 8, Mar. 6, 13 & 29) and three games against Nashville (a Halloween night home game on Oct. 31, Jan. 24 and Feb. 14). In addition to Detroit, the Blackhawks will face even more Original Six opponents this season including Montreal (Dec. 21), New York Rangers (Feb. 16 & Mar. 9) and Toronto (Feb. 29). Plus, Comcast SportsNet viewers can also look forward to a 10 Stanley Cup Final re-match at Philadelphia on Jan. 5.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season. Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel location for all CSN games in their area.

For the fourth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. Also, for the seventh-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining studio host Chris Boden.

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:30 PM or later, along with any afternoon game telecasts. (NOTE: For games beginning at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in either SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse or Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan).

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of evening Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences.
Video highlights from EVERY Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period for all games that air on Comcast SportsNet.

Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her second season covering all home and away games. Myers will also file daily storiesvideo reports (including reports from practice and skate-arounds) and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, Chicago Tribune Live and SportsNet Central.

In addition to his on-air duties, Blackhawks PrePost Game Live host Chris Boden will partner with Myers this season on CSNChicago.com providing multi-platform coverage via on-going blogs, weekly live chats, fan Q&A mail bag segments and much more. Fan can also follow Boden (@CSNBoden) and Myers (@TraMyersCSN) via Twitter 247 for the latest teamplayers news, insight and insider access.

Blackhawks In-Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial, including compelling elements such as up-to-the-second game stats, skatersgoalies box score, detailed play-by-play, photos, out of town scoreboard, Twitter feeds from Myers & Boden, LIVE in-game chat sessions, team headlines and more.

Rival Report: CSNChicago.com will also provide daily coverage on the Blackhawks Central Division rivals featuring the latest news and updates on Blues, Blue Jackets, Predators and Red Wings.

In addition CSN Chicago.com will work closely with NBCSports.com and its ProHockeyTalk blog, along with NBCChicago.com and its Madhouse Enforcer blog. CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks content this season will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, ChicagoBlackhawks.com, NBCSports.com, SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Preseason Season:

1. Wed, Sept 28 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

2. Fri, Sept 30 vs. Pittsburgh 7:30 pm

Regular Season:

1. Fri, Oct 7 @ Dallas 7:30 pm (SEASON OPENER!)

2. Sat, Oct 8 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm (HOME OPENER!)

3. Thu, Oct 13 vs. Winnipeg 7:30 pm

4. Thu, Oct 20 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

5. Tue, Oct 25 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

6. Fri, Oct 28 @ Carolina 6:00 pm

7. Mon, Oct 31 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

8. Thu, Nov 3 @ Florida 6:30 pm

9. Fri, Nov 4 @ Tampa Bay 6:30 pm

10. Tue, Nov 8 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm

11. Thu, Nov 10 @ Columbus 6:00 pm CSN

12. Fri, Nov 11 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

13. Wed, Nov 16 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm

14. Fri, Nov 18 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

15. Wed, Nov 23 @ San Jose 9:30 pm

16. Tue, Nov 29 vs. Phoenix 7:30 pm

17. Fri, Dec 2 vs. NY Islanders 7:30 pm

18. Thu, Dec 8 @ NY Islanders 6:00 pm

19. Fri, Dec 16 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

20. Wed, Dec 21 vs. Montreal 6:30 pm

21. Mon, Dec 26 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

22. Wed, Dec 28 vs. Los Angeles 7:30 pm

23. Fri, Dec 30 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

24. Mon, Jan 2 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm

25. Thu, Jan 5 @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm

26. Fri, Jan 6 vs. Colorado 7:30 pm

27. Tue, Jan 10 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

28. Thu, Jan 12 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm

29. Fri, Jan 20 vs. Florida 7:30 pm

30. Tue, Jan 24 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

31. Thu, Feb 2 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm

32. Fri, Feb 3 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

33. Tue, Feb 7 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

34. Tue, Feb 14 @ Nashville 7:00 pm

35. Thu, Feb 16 @ NY Rangers 6:00 pm

36. Sat, Feb 18 @ Columbus 1:00 pm

37. Tue, Feb 21 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

38. Thu, Feb 23 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm

39. Sat, Feb 25 @ Los Angeles 3:00 pm

40. Wed, Feb 29 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm CSN

41. Fri, Mar 2 @ Ottawa 6:30 pm

42. Tue, Mar 6 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm CSN

43. Fri, Mar 9 vs. NY Rangers 7:30 pm

44. Tue, Mar 13 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

45. Fri, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:30 pm

46. Tue, Mar 20 @ Columbus 6:00 pm

47. Wed, Mar 21 vs. Vancouver 7:00 pm

48. Tue, Mar 27 @ New Jersey 6:00 pm

49. Thu, Mar 29 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

50. Thu, April 5 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm

25 Home, 25 Road regular season games; 2 pre-season homeTotal: 52 games

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

When he learned last November that elite talent Luis Robert could be available by June 15, Marco Paddy didn’t hold back: It was time for the White Sox make their move.

Much like with Yoan Moncada before, the team’s international scouting director had an extensive history scouting Robert, who on Saturday signed with the White Sox after he received a $26 million signing bonus. After watching him for five years, Paddy believed in Robert enough to recommend the White Sox pay several severe penalties to sign a player the franchise thinks could be an everyday center fielder with power.

By signing Robert, 19, the White Sox must not only pay a luxury tax of almost equal value to the bonus, but they’re also unable to sign any international prospect for more than $300,000 in each of the next two classes. But given the limited competition and the unique talent he saw, Paddy let the White Sox know Robert -- a potential top-30 prospect in baseball -- was a player they couldn’t afford to bypass. Thus begun the team’s courtship, one the Cuban cited as having a major impact on his desire to sign with the White Sox. Now, the White Sox not only have Moncada after trading for him in December, but they also have another potential cornerstone to build around.

“From the beginning we were very serious about it,” Paddy said. “Knowing we weren’t going to have 29 other clubs competing against us was a good thing for us because we knew our competition pool was a lot smaller. We went in it with everything we had and if we missed out on some guys that’s fine, that’s the risk you take.

“It’s a dream come true to be honest with you, having those guys with that kind of ability together. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. But I saw Moncada about the same age I saw Robert and it’s like Christmas in May.”

The pursuit of Robert -- a player general manager Rick Hahn describes as a “dynamic, potential talent” -- began in December at the winter meetings at National Harbor, Md. Having learned that Robert would potentially be a late addition to the 2016-17 international class, Paddy asked for a meeting with Hahn, executive vice president Kenny Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Paddy and Hahn had previously held several similar state-of-the-international-picture meetings to determine when to make a splash on the market.

This was different.

“Marco approached us and said, ‘This is the guy,’ ” Hahn said.

It was still a “what if” proposition because Robert not only had to establish residency, but he also had to receive clearance from Major League Baseball to be part of the 2016-17 class, a critical factor. Under the old Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams could spend whatever they wanted on a player as long as they paid a luxury tax. But under the new CBA, teams are limited to a maximum of $5.25 million for bonuses.

While the White Sox felt Paddy’s familiarity with Robert would give them a chance if he wasn’t eligible until July 2 (the next class), they knew they’d compete against fewer teams for his services under the old rules. Hahn said back in March the White Sox intended to be a player either way. On Saturday, he said it was Paddy’s initial determination that spurred him into action.

“Marco personally was willing to suffer the penalties that it has on his world for the betterment of the organization,” Hahn said. “Marco’s evaluation and presence and willingness to sacrifice potential future signings for this reinforced the notion that this was the right move to make.”

Then everyone else got involved and the White Sox went overboard to recruit Robert.

If Saturday’s pregame presentation is any indication, the White Sox pulled out all the stops.

As Robert was introduced for his press conference, he sat in front of banners featuring current and former White Sox from Cuba, including Alexei Ramirez, Minnie Minoso, Jose Abreu and Moncada.

Once he was on the field to throw out the first pitch, the team played a short video that was filmed Friday night on the scoreboard with numerous White Sox fans welcoming Robert to Chicago. As Robert trotted to the mound to throw his pitch to Abreu, team employees stood atop the home dugout with a sign that read “bienvenidos” and holding Cuban flags.

But the post-signing efforts were nothing compared to the team’s full-court press of Robert last month.

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Hahn and Williams brought several showstoppers with them when they traveled to the Dominican Republic for a private workout with Robert last month. Included were a power point production and an iPad with a video presentation that the White Sox communications department put together in six days, Hahn said. Manager Rick Renteria narrated the short video in Spanish and it included personal messages for Robert from Abreu, Moncada and Michael Ynoa, who shares the same trainer (Edgar Mercedes) and worked out with Robert in the offseason.

“It was a beautiful video,” Robert said through an interpreter. “The part (that stood out) the most was when Ricky Renteria was talking straight to me, saying they need me here to win several championships.”

But more than the video, Robert said the desire displayed by the White Sox made his decision easy. Hahn said the White Sox felt confident heading into the final 24 hours that they were in the lead for Robert. Not only had they bid aggressively, Hahn thought the White Sox made a strong pitch. That feeling only increased last Saturday morning when Robert changed his Instagram avatar to a picture of him wearing a White Sox cap.

“The video helps a lot, but the thing that made me make a decision was who was the team that showed more interest,” Robert said. “That was something that made me feel good.”

Paddy had seen enough in five years to feel confident in pushing the White Sox to be a player for Robert.

He first scouted Robert at the under-15 Pan American Championships in 2012 in Chihuahua, Mexico. Paddy’s interest in the 6-foot-3, 175-pound center fielder only grew as Robert matured physically. Paddy suspected that once Hahn and Williams would be on board once they saw the passion with which Robert played.

Robert described himself on Saturday as player who likes to fight and “give all that I have for my team.” Paddy said it wasn’t a difficult call to push Hahn when he considered the player’s tools and makeup, as well as the last opportunity to spend big on an international talent.

“You put all those things together, it becomes easy,” Paddy said. “As I watched him over the years grow, get stronger and get better, it became evident to me that if we had an opportunity to sign this guy, it would be a good thing for the organization.

“The level of ability, the tools that I saw that he had, and the past and now present, it’s something you don’t see every day.”

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

Usually when a pitcher walks six batters in one game, it’s an outing to forget.

Not the case, though, for Tyler Danish, who will always want to remember what went down Saturday on the South Side.

After making three relief appearances last season, Danish made his first big league start in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the visiting Detroit Tigers. And despite issuing a sextet of free passes, he allowed a goose egg on the scoreboard, earning his first major league victory in the White Sox 3-0 win.

“That's great. I mean you dream as a kid to pitch in the big leagues,” Danish said. “To get my first win in my first career start was special. I'm glad my mom was here, I'm glad she got to enjoy that. It was a very special day, something I'll always remember.”

Danish got into some early trouble and looked like he might’ve been heading for the same type of sky-high ERA that he put up in his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it call up in 2016, when he turned in a 10.80 earned-run average in 1.2 innings. He walked three batters in the first inning Saturday, escaping thanks to a double play and a bases-loaded ground out to end the inning.

Twice more he had multiple runners on base, but he got out of those innings unscathed, too.

“He was throwing enough strikes that with the sinking action, he was able to get that ground ball in the first inning, the double play,” manager Rick Renteria said after the game. “Then most of the game he was still staying down in the zone. He was missing but just missing off on the fringes of the plate.

“I think he was very composed. The first couple of innings he was a little accelerated but he slowed down. In the end we wanted to make sure he was ready to go out and finish it.”

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Despite the walks, Danish impressed. In addition to throwing five scoreless innings, he allowed just three hits and struck out seven Detroit hitters. Danish became the first White Sox pitcher to throw at least five scoreless frames and give up three or fewer hits in his first big league start in nearly a decade. The last guy to do it was Lance Broadway in September 2007.

“I definitely was nervous in the first inning. I was expecting it,” Danish said. “I came in and tried to pitch as well as I could with that. But I did settle in after the first couple innings and just started breathing a little more. I felt comfortable and the bullpen did a great job, the defense did a great job.

“I think a little bit of nerves. Obviously you don't want six (walks) every game, but I thought I made good pitches when I needed to. Now, go and enjoy this thing and tomorrow we'll be back again.”

Even though offense was hard to come by, the White Sox hitters managed three runs against an otherwise dominant Michael Fulmer. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year yielded just six hits through his first seven innings of work, the lone run in that span scoring on a bases-loaded double play in the fifth.

The White Sox got to Fulmer slightly more in the eighth with runs scoring on a Leury Garcia triple and a Jose Abreu broken-bat bloop single. Fulmer still finished with fewer than 100 pitches thrown in his eight innings, recording every out for Detroit.

The White Sox bullpen was perhaps the most impressive unit of the game. Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson threw four scoreless innings and struck out nine hitters, including eight straight at one point.